SCET Forms New Partnership with the University of Exeter


October 23, 2021


SCET x Exeter (Ion Sucala and Susan L. Giesecke)

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley is excited to announce our new partnership with the University of Exeter to continue honing and developing the entrepreneurial and innovation talents of students around the world. The SCET / Exeter partnership will further develop SCET’s Innovation Collider, an innovation environment that is fostered by facilitating collisions of people and groups that can make unique contributions by bringing diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. 

Moreover, students from the University of Exeter’s ​​MSc Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation program will have the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley students and faculty in SCET’s Global Innovation Collider, including an opportunity to spend one semester at UC Berkeley to learn entrepreneurship and innovation skills through SCET’s Startup Semester program. 

From the left: Prof. Zhongdong Wang, Prof. Nicky King, Cathy Durston, Susan L. Giesecke, and Prof. Ion Sucala
From the left: Prof. Zhongdong Wang, Prof. Nicky King, Cathy Durston, Susan L. Giesecke, and Prof. Ion Sucala

“We are truly excited to welcome students and representatives from the University of Exeter to participate in Startup Semester,” stated Susan Giesecke, Berkeley SCET Director of Global Engagement. “It is amazing to see the progress that students make in one semester, and how they can learn from interacting with the amazing minds at Berkeley and with other exchange students in the program who come to Berkeley from all over the world.”

When asked about the new partnership, Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Associate Dean (Global) for Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences stated, “Through this relationship, we will be able to empower our budding entrepreneurs, including students, researchers, and academics, and foster their ability to innovate.”

In addition to bringing students to Berkeley from around the globe, SCET engages alumni, investors, professionals, executives, and firms as students, educators, sponsors, and collaborators to not only bring fresh, relevant ideas to the learning environment, but also give aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators the chance to innovate in an environment that more closely matches the real world. Click here to find out more about how the Sutardja Center supports its Global Partners!

About UC Berkeley SCET

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is a global innovation hub headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where aspiring entrepreneurs take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship and embark on the path to developing exciting new ventures. The Center researches emerging technologies in its labs and offers a suite of courses and programs for students, executives, and global innovators. The Center has labs focused on innovation in data science, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and meat alternatives. Additionally, academics from around the world visit the Center to learn about the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, a unique innovation pedagogy that focuses on mindset training for innovators and entrepreneurs. UC Berkeley is the world’s #1 public university and ranks as the #2 university for startups and entrepreneurs, according to Pitchbook. UC Berkeley has been at the forefront of innovation in emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. 

About the University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 27,000 students and is 15th in The Guardian University Guide 2022, and in the top 150 globally in both the QS World Rankings 2022 and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality, while in 2017, Exeter was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.